The equivalent of
子 for women is also
Examples from Old Chinese texts:
- The Works of Mencius: "Breaking into your landlord's house and harass the virgin girl gets you a wife; refrain from harassing and you don't get a wife. Does that mean you would do it?"
- The Classic of Poetry: "Forests are green and flowers are red; a girl is marrying, and she'll make her new family happy."
In ancient Chinese,
女 either meant "unmarried woman" or "you". The character for the latter usage became
汝, but is still printed as
女 in many modern publications of ancient works.